Sealing & Destroying Records

Petitioning the court for sealing or destruction of juvenile records requires a thorough search to determine qualifying status.To begin the process, please call Juvenile Court at 360-778-5490 and request a packet of information and request form. Once you complete the form and return it, we will begin the process and notify you of your qualifying status and the next steps to take.

Title 13.50.050 of the Revised Code of Washington


Subsection 12


The court shall not grant any motion to seal records made pursuant to subsection (11) of this section that is filed on or after July 1, 1997, unless it finds that:

 
  • The person has not been convicted of Rape 1, Rape 2, or Indecent Liberties with Forcible Compulsion
  • The person is required to register as a Sex Offender
  • For Class A Felony offenses other than sex offenses, since the last date of release from confinement, including full time residential treatment, if any, or entry of disposition, the person has spent 5 consecutive years in the community without committing any offense or crime that subsequently results in conviction.
  • For Class B or Class C Felonies, Gross Misdemeanors or Misdemeanor offenses other than sex offenses, since the last date of release from confinement, including full time residential treatment, if any, or entry of disposition, the person has spent 2 consecutive years in the community without committing any offense or crime that subsequently results in conviction.
  • For Diversions, since the completion of the Diversion Agreement, that person has spent 2 consecutive years in the community without committing any offense or crime that subsequently results in conviction or another diversion.  The person is at least 18 years of age.
  • No proceeding is pending against the moving party seeking the conviction of a juvenile offense or a criminal offense
  • No proceeding is pending seeking the formation of a diversion agreement with that person
  • Full restitution has been paid

Subsection 13


The person making a motion pursuant to subsection (11) of this section shall give reasonable notice of the motion to the prosecution and to any person or agency whose files are sought to be sealed.

Subsection 14


If the court grants the motion to seal made pursuant to subsection (11) of this section, it shall, subject to subsection (23) of this section, order sealed the official juvenile court file, the social file, and other records relating to the case as are named in the order. Thereafter, the proceedings in the case shall be treated as if they never occurred, and the subject of the records may reply accordingly to any inquiry about the events, records of which are sealed.

Any agency shall reply to any inquiry concerning confidential or sealed records that records are confidential, and no information can be given about the existence or nonexistence of records concerning an individual.

Subsection 15


Inspection of the files and records included in the order to seal may thereafter be permitted only by order of the court upon motion made by the person who is the subject of the information or complaint, except as otherwise provided in RCW 13.50.010 (8) and subsection (23) of this section.

Subsection 16


Any adjudication of a juvenile offense or a crime subsequent to sealing has the effect of nullifying the sealing order. Any charging of an adult felony subsequent to the sealing has the effect of nullifying the sealing order for the purposes of chapter 9.94A RCW. The administrative office of the courts shall ensure that the superior court judicial information system provides prosecutors access to information on the existence of sealed juvenile records.